Sane, of course, has been struggling with his form for the majority of the past two seasons and as Hansi Flick looks to revive the German national team, Sane’s place on the squad is in jeopardy:
According to information from SPORTBUZZER, the sports portal of RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND), Flick spoke to Julian Nagelsmann on the phone before the Cologne game and asked about Sané’s condition. He didn’t hear much positive from the Bayern coach, so that Flick was already thinking of leaving the Munich out at the international matches against Liechtenstein (September 2), Armenia (September 5) and Iceland (September 8). “I don’t want a particularly young or particularly experienced team. I just want the best,” said the SZ DFB coach. At the moment, Sané is certainly not one of the 23 best.
Sportbuzzer also went on to speculate that Flick would recall Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus based on previous statements that the former Bayern Munich sextuple-winner made at his introductory press conference. In addition, Sportbuzzer tossed the name of RB Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler into the ring for a selection.
This news is especially interesting because we know that Flick sent staffers Hermann Gerland and Danny Röhl to watch Bayern training on Tuesday ahead of the squad’s DFB-Pokal match against Bremer SV.
There is a long — and interesting — background with Flick and Sane. While the coach supported the player once he became a Bayern Munich player, it was heavily rumored that Flick was not in favor of the club splurging on the former Manchester City man. Instead, Flick wanted to club to pursue Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who both moved to Chelsea FC.
The Sane deal was also rumored to be one of the major sticking points in the disagreements in 2020 and early 2021 between Flick and Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic, which eventually led to Flick stepping down at the end of last season.